Let the memory of Charles be with us forever
  • 84 years old
  • Born on December 31, 1932 .
  • Passed away on November 2, 2017 .

Our beloved father, Charles (Smitty) Smith, 84, was born on December 31, 1932 and passed away on November 2, 2017. He served over 20 years in the service of our country, as both a Soldier and as an Airman.  He retired from the US Air Force in 1973 after 21 years of active service.  As a Soldier, he served in combat during the Korean war.  As an Airman, he served in combat in Vietnam in 1969. 

After retiring from the Air Force, he completed a degree in Accounting, and was a Civil Service employee until his retirement from government service.  Afterward, he and his wife, Lurah, opened a small bookstore and gift shop which they managed for many years until finally retiring.

Smitty was preceeded in death by his beloved wife, Lurah, in 2012.  Smitty will be laid to rest alongside her on what would have been their 59th wedding anniversary.   He is survived by all five of his children: Charles, Michael, Susan, Cecelia and Gregory. 

We will remember him forever.

Posted by Chuvonne Curry on 10th December 2017
I'm really sorry for the passing of your loved one.You can look forward to the time when you are reunited with him again; when Jesus resurrects all those who are now sleeping in death, restoring them back to life with the hope of eternal life on the renewed Paradise earth.-John 5:28,29; Luke 23:43. Until that time comes, may you find peace and comfort in God's love.-I John 4:8
Posted by Teresa Hilderbrand on 2nd December 2017
I am so sorry for your loss of such a great man, I would love to leave my condolences and thank him freom the bottom of my heart for all hes done for our country.
Posted by Heather Bird on 23rd November 2017
Anyone who knows Cecelia knows what her parents mean to her. Like others who have written here, I never met her folks, but the person she has become speaks volumes of who they were and how they raised her. We all know Cecelia to be intelligent and capable, principled and determined. I'm sure she comes by it honestly.
Posted by Tamara Oelkers on 21st November 2017
Cecelia speaks of you so kindly that I truly wish I could have known you. I'm so sorry she wasn't able to be there to say goodbye.
Posted by Jana Norris on 21st November 2017
Mr. and Mrs. Smith must have been exceptional people judging by their daughter, Cecelia. She is the embodiment of strength, courage, perseverance, and loving kindness, and she has assured me that she learned it from her parents. Mr. Smith’s biography is an inspiration to all of us. He was a true American hero.
Posted by Jim Robertson on 21st November 2017
I did not get to know Smitty or Lurah personally but I have known their daughter, Cecelia, for fifteen years. They gave her courage, compassion, love and strength. That would be a legacy that I would settle for. They must have been really special folks to have given the world such a good person.
Posted by Cecelia Smith on 21st November 2017
Many years ago, Dad asked my good friend, Gordon MacLeod, if he would pipe at his funeral. Gordon was touched, but he prefers to play for the living, so instead, we arranged an "Ice Cream Social at the facility where my parents were living, and Gordon gave a private concert - which included Dad's favorite (Amazing Grace) as well as a variety of other well known favorites. It was a fun afternoon, even though it rained and had to be moved indoors. But Dad got his pipes! ~Thank you for the memory Gordon!
Posted by Cecelia Smith on 20th November 2017
I have always been proud to have been his daughter. He set a high bar for how to be a good person, a parent and an American. They always believed in an afterlife, and that their souls were forever bound by their deep love. They are now and forever, together.

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